Top Dentists 2015

Choosing the right dental professional can be daunting, but our annual list of the Top Dentists in the region — as chosen by their peers — ensures that you are armed to the teeth with all the right information


We’ve all heard the horror stories. From ineffective novocaine shots, to expensive fillings that quickly fall out, to inattentive oral surgeons chatting on their cell phones, visiting the dentist has often gotten a bad rap. But fear not: below we list the region’s top 214 dental professionals — as chosen by their peers. So whether you are looking for the right orthodontist to ensure that your child doesn’t get called metal mouth, the ideal endodontist to explain why you need a root canal, or just a general practitioner who will make your whole family smile, this list should be your first stop in overcoming your fear of the dentist and keeping your mouth healthy. Happy brushing.

Brush Up on the Branches of Dentistry

  • Endodontics If you’ve ever had a root canal, chances are the procedure was performed by an endodontist. These practitioners specialize in correcting problems involving the teeth’s soft inner tissue.
  • General Dentistry General dentists manage and treat everyday dental problems (like cavities) and help patients maintain their oral health.
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery These surgeons treat diseases, injuries, and defects within the hard and soft tissue of the mouth, jaws, and face.
  • Orthodontics Orthodontists aid in the prevention and correction of tooth irregularities.
  • Pediatric Dentistry These dentists work with children from birth to adolescence to promote dental health.
  • Periodontics These dentists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. If you’re in need of a dental implant, head to a periodontist.
  • Prosthodontics Prosthodontists design, manufacture, and fit artificial replacements for teeth and other parts of the mouth.

Top Dentists 2015

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This list is excerpted from the 2015 topDentists™ list, a database that includes listings for more than 200 dentists and specialists in the Hudson Valley area. The Hudson Valley area list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at For more information call 706-364-0853; write PO Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email or visit

Selection Process

“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”

This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results.

The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees.

Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received, status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can play a factor in our decision.

Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists.

Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere.


This list is excerpted from the 2015 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 200 dentists and specialists in the Hudson Valley area. For more information call 706-364-0853; or write PO Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; or see TopDentists, LLC has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2015 by topDentists, LLC of Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists, LLC. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.

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